Linda Newington studied on the first BA (Hons) Fine Art course at Winchester School of Art in the 1970s specialising in painting. As a student her work was selected for New Contemporaries. She graduated with a first class honours degree and then moved to London where she worked in the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, South Kensington. It was here that a significant and lasting interest in natural history developed through curation of the botanical paintings, prints and drawings. This collection included botanical paintings made during explorations to many different parts of the world to miniature watercolours of garden flowers to wood block prints in early medicinal herbals.
After a break from painting she renewed her practice through regaining the skills of life drawing and watercolour painting. This was followed by drawing whilst out walking during visits to Cornwall, San Francisco and Yosemite National Park, the Loire and Lot Valley, France. Drawing in sketchbooks with colour notes led to painting back in the studio using watercolour samples as starting points. Paintings from France were twice exhibited at Bettles Gallery, Ringwood.
Since 2008 she has been visiting Shetland where walking and drawing led to a new series of works being exhibited at the Jane Fuest Gallery, Alresford in 2013. Shetland has also revived her interest in textiles from natural dyeing to knitting, from tweed to all types of textile sample books. The distinctive colours and landscape details of Shetland including the rich textile culture both historical and contemporary, and her group of Shetland friends now provide an endless resource of interest and influence for her practice as an artist.